Sunday, May 20, 2012
Event forgets final hurdle
MANCHESTER, England -- Running on home soil nearly two months before the London Olympics, Jessica Ennis thought she had produced a career best in the 100 meters hurdles -- until organizers discovered a major blunder.
Only nine hurdles had been set out instead of the regulation 10 at the Great City Games on Sunday.
Ennis described it as a "massive, massive mess up."
The Briton had clocked 12.75 seconds into a headwind to beat Olympic champion Dawn Harper and world silver medalist Danielle Carruthers.
In a statement organizers said: "We would like to apologize for this unacceptable incident."
They blamed UK Athletics, who are employed "to manage this vital element of the event on our behalf, and we will of course be investigating this unfortunate occurrence with them."